A symbolic figure strongly rooted in the imagery of the Risorgimento, the exile gives a human face to the fundamental values of patriotic discourse, such as the spirit of sacrifice and the sense of belonging to the national community. The topic of exile has long been the subject of historical, historical-literary and comparative studies, and has enjoyed considerable success in 19th-century visual culture. Here, for the first time, it is systematically examined thanks to the precise reconstruction of the genesis of works which, by virtue of their allusive nature, arouse the interest of patriotic circles. In addition to proposing a casuistry of the most recurrent motifs, the author interprets the images of exile in the light of the literary, political and pedagogical contexts of the Risorgimento, linking the great painting of history with other visual sources (popular prints, photographs, theatrical sets) and with the art-historical tradition that remains an expressive repertoire congenial to the creation of an emotional language universally intelligible.
|Publisher||Torri del Vento|
|Number of pages||336|
|Publication status||Published - 2019|